The science case for an orbital mission to Uranus: exploring the origins and evolution of ice giant planets

  title={The science case for an orbital mission to Uranus: exploring the origins and evolution of ice giant planets},
  author={C. Arridge and N. Achilleos and J. Agarwal and C. B. Agnor and R. Ambrosi and N. Andr'e and S. Badman and K. Baines and D. Banfield and M. Barth{\'e}l{\'e}my and M. Bisi and J. Blum and T. Bocanegra-Baham{\'o}n and B. Bonfond and Colm Bracken and P. Brandt and C. Briand and C. Briois and S. Brooks and J. Castillo-Rogez and T. Cavali'e and B. Christophe and A. J. Coates and G. Collinson and J. F. Cooper and M. Costa-Sitja and R. Courtin and I. Daglis and I. D. Pater and M. Desai and D. Dirkx and M. K. Dougherty and R. Ebert and G. Filacchione and L. Fletcher and J. Fortney and I. Gerth and D. Grassi and D. Grodent and E. Grun and J. Gustin and M. Hedman and R. Helled and P. Henri and S. Hess and J. K. Hillier and M. Hofstadter and R. Holme and M. Hor{\'a}nyi and G. Hospodarsky and S. Hsu and P. Irwin and C. Jackman and O. Karatekin and S. Kempf and E. Khalisi and K. Konstantinidis and H. Krueger and W. Kurth and C. Labrianidis and V. Lainey and L. Lamy and Matthieu Laneuville and D. Lucchesi and A. Luntzer and J. Macarthur and A. Maier and A. Masters and S. McKenna-Lawlor and H. Melin and A. Milillo and G. Moragas-Klostermeyer and A. Morschhauser and J. Moses and O. Mousis and N. Nettelmann and F. M. Neubauer and T. Nordheim and B. Noyelles and G. Orton and M. J. Owens and R. Peron and C. Plainaki and F. Postberg and N. Rambaux and K. Retherford and S. Reynaud and E. Roussos and C. Russell and A. Rymer and Renaud Sallantin and A. S{\'a}nchez-Lavega and O. Santol{\'i}k and J. Saur and K. Sayanagi and P. Schenk and J. Schubert and N. Sergis and E. Sittler and A. Smith and F. Spahn and R. Srama and T. Stallard and V. Sterken and Z. Sternovsky and M. Tiscareno and G. Tobie and F. Tosi and M. Trieloff and D. Turrini and E. Turtle and S. Vinatier and R. Wilson and P. Zarka},
  journal={Planetary and Space Science},
  • C. Arridge, N. Achilleos, +111 authors P. Zarka
  • Published 2014
  • Physics
  • Planetary and Space Science
  • Giant planets helped to shape the conditions we see in the Solar System today and they account for more than 99% of the mass of the Sun's planetary system. They can be subdivided into the Ice Giants (Uranus and Neptune) and the Gas Giants (Jupiter and Saturn), which differ from each other in a number of fundamental ways. Uranus, in particular is the most challenging to our understanding of planetary formation and evolution, with its large obliquity, low self-luminosity, highly asymmetrical… CONTINUE READING
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